Under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the lower 90’s, the Buccaneers hit the field for their second padded practice on Monday. It drizzled for a short period of time, but the light rain quickly ended and the skies became clear for the remainder of practice. For a Monday practice in the middle of the afternoon, the practice was well-attended by Buccaneers fans.
A couple of players were forced to the sideline with minor injuries. Cornerback Alterraun Verner did not participate on Monday, and according to head coach Lovie Smith he has a “nicked” hamstring and is considered day-to-day. Another Buccaneers cornerback, Rashaan Melvin, sat out of Monday’s practice with a minor foot injury.
As usual, the Buccaneers kicked off Monday’s practice with individual drills. PewterReport.com decided to head to the south end of the practice field to watch the defensive line.
Under the watchful eye of defensive line coach Joe Cullen, the defensive line worked through some rigorous bag drills on the east field. General manager Jason Licht watched as the defensive linemen ran through their workout.
Shortly after that, the offensive and defensive lines joined up to work on their hand placement in zone-blocking situations.
During the walkthrough period, Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and Robert Herron lined up as the first-team receivers with Austin Seferian-Jenkins holding down the inline tight end spot. The first-team offensive guards on Monday were Patrick Omameh at right guard and Kadeem Edwards at left guard.
After walkthroughs, the Buccaneers split the west field up into two halves. On the north end, receivers and defensive backs battled against each other in one-on-ones. The other half of the field featured 9-on-9 rushing drills.
On the first rep of 9-on-9s, linebacker Lavonte David blew up a strong side rushing attempt by running back Doug Martin behind the line of scrimmage. David knifed through the offensive line and smothered Martin before he had a chance to get going.
Throughout practice, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo impressed PewterReport.com, especially when he flattened center Jason Foster on a rep later on in 9-on-9s.
Early on in the session of one-on-ones, cornerback Quinton Pointer broke up a pass headed towards receiver Eric Page, who was running a crossing route over the middle of the field.
On a later rep, Skye Dawson destroyed safety Keith Tandy on a double move and gained five or six yards of separation. Dawson showed quick feet and was explosive in and out of his cuts.
Rookie receiver Robert Herron blew past cornerback Anthony Gaitor on a deep route for a big gain. Gaitor, who has played for Tampa Bay in the past, was signed by the Buccaneers on Monday.
Cornerback Johnthan Banks did an excellent job in press coverage against wide receiver Russell Shepard. The 6-foot-2 cornerback used his long arms to get inside Shepard’s frame and his excellent jam caused an incompletion.
Next on the agenda for the Buccaneers was a brief 11-on-11 session, which featured a few excellent plays from two rookie pass-catchers.
Second-round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins made an excellent sliding catch on a ball thrown low and to his left. The Washington product’s strong hands never let the ball touch the ground. It was the first of many nice plays that Seferian-Jenkins made throughout Monday’s practice.
Robert Herron made an impressive juggling catch after botching the first attempt to grab the ball. The pass was thrown slightly high by quarterback Josh McCown, causing the ball to go off Herron’s fingertips, but Herron showed good concentration in order to come down with the ball.
After a water break that last about five minutes, the offensive and defensive linemen squared off in one-on-one battles on the east field.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy continued to dominate every opponent he faced. He abused guard Patrick Omameh with a strong club move. He later outmuscled Omameh again and had a clean shot at the dummy quarterback. Perhaps McCoy’s best rep came against rookie guard Kadeem Edwards near the end of the session, where he clubbed Edwards into another dimension with his left hand and had a free run at the dummy. Both Omameh and Edwards struggled throughout the one-on-one session.
Defensive end Adrian Clayborn was as violent and aggressive as ever during Monday’s one-on-one session. Going against stud right tackle Demar Dotson, Clayborn got to the quarterback by using a push-pull move on an early rep. Dotson got revenge on a later rep, stopping the former Iowa defensive end in his tracks. The matchup continues to be one of the most exciting and hard-fought battles of all of the offensive and defense line one-on-ones.
Center Jason Foster and defensive tackle Akeem Spence got in each other's faces after a rep where Foster took Spence to the ground. The two players jawed back and forth before Gerald McCoy and assistant coaches intervened. Outside of a few poor reps, Spence had a good session of one-on-ones, beating center Josh Allen early on and Foster later.
Jamon Meredith took reps at right tackle on Sunday, most likely because of the poor play from rookie offensive tackle Matt Patchan, who continued to disappoint on Monday. Defensive end Scott Solomon annihilated Patchan on an early rep by using a quick spin move. Later on, Solomon won for a second time against Patchan, this time using an edge rush to get to the dummy quarterback.
Rookie defensive tackle Euclid Cummings jumped offsides on a rep, resulting in him getting kicked out of the drill by defensive line coach Joe Cullen. Cummings didn’t win many of his battles prior to exiting the drill.
After the offensive and defensive one-on-one battles concluded, it was time for the next sessions of 11-on-11s, which took place on the west field.
Josh McCown opened up the session with back-to-back completions to receiver Louis Murphy, who ran comeback routes on both reps. McCown later delivered a 20-yard strike to Vincent Jackson over the middle of the field in front of the safety.
Later on, Russell Shepard had a perfect pass from Mike Glennon clank off his hands after getting wide open on an in route. Shepard’s start to training camp has been plagued by drops.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins made multiple impressive plays during the session, including a big 20-yard catch after he got wide open on a crossing route. Later on, Gerald McCoy tipped a ball at the line of scrimmage that went high in the air. Seferian-Jenkins used his basketball rebounding skills to go up and over a defensive back and bring down the football. Overall, it was a strong practice from the former Washington tight end.
Fellow rookie Mike Evans made a few strong catches over the middle of the field from Mike Glennon. One of the catches was heavily contested over the middle of the field by a defensive back but Evans flashed his coveted strong hands and came down with the grab.
Linebacker Brandon Magee recorded two big pass breakups against Jeff Demps and Lavelle Hawkins later on in the session. Magee has managed to string together two solid practices in a row despite getting limited reps with the third-team defense.
Filling in for the injured Alterraun Verner, cornerback Mike Jenkins broke up a pass thrown by Josh McCown intended for Louis Murphy on a crossing route. Murphy had another pass knocked away from him by Johnthan Banks earlier on in the session.
Mike Glennon struggled near the end of practice and threw two interceptions in the final 11-on-11 session. The first was intercepted by Brandon Magee over the middle of the field. The second interception was made by a diving Danny Lansanah, who laid out to grab the ball before returning it about 30 yards.
McCown finished 11-on-11s with 18 completions on 21 attempts. Glennon wrapped up practice with 9 completions on 16 attempts.NEXT UP
: The Buccaneers will hold a practice that will be closed to the general public on Wednesday, July 30 at 4:30 P.M. The practice will be open to the media for viewing.
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